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Evolution has been caught in the act, according to scientists who are decoding how a species of Australian lizard is abandoning egg-laying in favor of live birth. Along the warm coastal lowlands of New South Wales, the yellow-bellied three-toed skink lays eggs to reproduce. But individuals of the same species living in the state's higher, colder mountains are almost all giving birth to live young.
This is not evolution. This is an adaptation of the species to their environment. To switch from egg laying to live birth would require the genes to have the "program" to do so. What this scientific discovery actually shows is that there are sets of genes in place to allow the quick switch from egg laying to live birth. In another words, the quick switch only indicates that the species are able to switch the genes and new behaviors because they already had the ability to do (it is built into their genes). Now that's amazing!